SISTERS OF MERCY LOKORI CENTRE
The Mercy Centre School is an Alternative Provider of Basic Education and Training Primary School. It was established in 1998 in the Lokori Parish with the aim of providing non-formal education to the local residents hence access to basic literacy and numeracy. The school operates under the Lodwar Diocese and is managed by The Sisters of Mercy.
Morning classes were offered to both boys and girls. Owing that the herds boys/shepherds could not attend the morning classes, a class was hence set up for them in the Parish library and later in 2003, two classrooms were built for the shepherds and a night class was set up for the traditional girls.
There are 3 teachers employed two of whom are Form Four leavers and 1 a standard 8.The school uses an approved syllabus and follows up on students performances through mid-term assessments and end term evaluation tests. There has been support from a few teachers from the neighboring school who would assist with the night classes. Those students from the night classes who wished to continue their education proceeded to the morning classes up to Standard 4 and would then access and complete their studies in the formal Primary school sector. The students were divided according to their ability and as time progressed, this became classes 1A, 1B, 2,3,4. There have always been children from the community joining classes because they are orphans or being slow in learning. It is worth mentioning that life skills as a subject are an integral part of the school time table.
The school target group includes:
- Shepherd boys – who spend their days caring for animals
- Girls – girls who are engaged in carrying firewood, water and those who are actively engaged in house chores during day. The girls in this community face many challenges as witnessed through early marriages once they reach 14 or 15 years.
- Offering Night Classes to adults and children from Monday to Friday
The school has formulated simple rules and regulations that have guided every student for the good co-existence with others in the institution. It also has an active guidance and counseling committee that has programs to lead students towards good future career studies and the LOKORI is an area in Turkana County which is described as Arid and Semi-Arid Areas. Its temperatures range from 38 degree Celsius to almost 40 degrees. The population of the local people is close to 40,000 people.
The local people are normally nomadic pastoralists who value their livestock above anything else. The area is mostly prone to attacks by the neighboring communities like West Pokot and other communities because of competition for grazing and some who want to steal their livestock.
Development of positive behavior and the Community is actively involved in the school activities.
“To promote basic education in the marginalized area”
“To ensure that those who join our school gain knowledge of basic literacy and numeracy to enable them to join formal education”
- Human Dignity
The Centre is run by a very dynamic Sister, Sr.Therese Stitch from the Sisters of Mercy who has spearheaded the school for more than 11 years. She is tasked with the responsibility of inspiring, motivating and supporting the pupils and students who come to the school. She also has the responsibility of instilling the values of Mercy among the Local Community.
It is worth mentioning the presence of two other Sisters of Mercy namely Sr.Selina Mbuli who is a Nurse by profession and in charge of the Lokori Health Centre under the Diocese of Lodwar and that of Sr. Willemina Ayan a teacher at the Lokori Primary School.
Currently the School has a total of 14 teaching and Non-teaching staffs with an inclusion of 3 Volunteer staff. They are usually committed in ensuring that the children in the school know how to read and write and nurturing them on the values of life. The teaching staffs usually dedicate their precious time to come at night